When Back Pain is No Longer Just Back Pain

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Back pain is one of top three reasons Americans visit their doctor. Unfortunately however, most treatment options that are prescribed by medical doctors revolve around symptom relief (pain relief), versus getting down to the root cause of the problem and eliminating it altogether.

Imagine if you are suffering from nerve pain as a result of tooth decay. You know that no matter how many over the counter pain medications you take, you have to eventually address the problem at hand and see a dentist for a root canal.  Wasting time and money on relieving the symptoms only makes things worst.

Now imaging living with back pain as a result of spinal misalignment. No matter how many drugs you take, how many fish oils you pop, and how many ice and heat treatments to try, the root of the problem doesn’t get better. As a matter of fact, due to continued activity, gravity, or poor postural habits, the root cause of the problem is getting more and more difficult to reverse.

Chiropractic BioPhysics – the most scientific and results-oriented corrective care technique – has been shown to eliminate the source of pain and discomfort, by realigning the spine back to its normal shape. This process allows the nerves to function correctly without any interference, leading to not only pain relief, but heightened energy, sense of wellness, and reversal of most diseases throughout the body.

If you or a loved one is needlessly suffering from back or neck pain, please contact Holt Chiropractic and Massage in Port Orchard Washington, to see if you qualify for corrective chiropractic care.  Of course, consultation is always free.

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Increased Risk of Disease During the Holidays

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The holidays are the happiest AND unhealthiest time of the year for Americans everywhere! Family gatherings, holiday office parties, dinners, sweets, and shopping can take a dramatic toll on the body.

Studies suggest that all the weight we gain, the lazy chairs we nap in, the nieces and nephews we lift, the family flag football games we take part in, and the heavy shopping bags we carry around at the mall, all lead up to increased neck and back pain, discomfort, headaches, fatigue, and disease.

Most people don’t know this, but the root of most fatigue, disease, and organ dysfunction can be traced back to a misaligned spine. That’s because putting on even five pounds of weight, maintaining a poor posture laying in a lazy chair, or carrying shopping bags at the mall can put unnecessary and often dangerous amounts of pressure on the spine and the delicate nerves coming out of it.

Diminished nerve flow creates subtle changes in the way these organs function, eventually leading to organ dysfunction and disease.

Corrective chiropractic care through a technique called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), can realign the spine back to its healthy, normal shape – enabling vital nerve flow to reach our limbs and organs. Within weeks of starting corrective care, most patients report a return to health, including an end to their headaches and migraines, acid reflux, high blood pressure, asthma, and even stress levels.

If you or a loved one is needlessly suffering from back or neck pain, or have gone through a stressful holiday season, please contact Holt Chiropractic and Massage in Port Orchard Washington, to see if you qualify for corrective chiropractic care.  Of course, consultation is always free.

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Can Chiropractic Care Help You Avoid the Flu Shot?

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Every fall, doctors across the country ask their patients to vaccinate against the flu. While most people immediately roll up their sleeves for the nurse to administer a small dose of virus into their bodies, others wonder if vaccination is really safe and effective; and if not, what is the safer alternative.

For decades, chiropractic care has been shown to strengthen the immune system, and allow the body’s own defense mechanism to fight diseases. During the 1918 flu pandemic, millions of people lost their lives to the H1N1 influenza virus around the world. Data gathered months after, pointed to one interesting statistic; those who sought chiropractic care had a dramatically lesser chance of becoming sick, staying sick, or dying from the flu than those treated medically.

Why Chiropractic Care Works

The nervous system is responsible for every single function of the human body; from blinking, breathing, digestion and walking, to healing injuries and fighting disease. Hence, any misalignment in the spine will put unnecessary and dangerous pressure on the delicate nerves, causing nerve interference. Without proper nerve energy to the vital organs, the body becomes weak, diseased, and prone to illness.

Corrective chiropractic care through a technique called Chiropractic BioPhysics® aims to realign the spine back to its optimal curve, eliminating nerve interference, and promoting healthy nerve flow back to the limbs and organs. The result is a much stronger immune system, healthier organ function, renewed sense of health and wellness, and of course an end to back and neck pain.

If you or a loved one is experiencing frequent colds and flues, weak immune system, or is considering the flu shot in hopes of avoiding influenza, contact us for a free consultation to see if you qualify for care.

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Should Surgery Ever Be an Option for Back Pain?

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Millions of Americans wake up every morning hoping to start the day without any pain or fatigue. Unfortunately however, most wake up just as tired and achy as the night before.

Pain medication, space-aged mattresses, and special pillows do very little to alleviate the pain, especially since they don’t do anything to address the root cause of the problem.

A visit to the medical doctor yields very little hope; patients are either prescribed stronger pain medications, given advice on the use of ice or heat packs, or given false hope when the subject of back surgery comes up.

According to research by the Harvard School of Medicine and ABC News, more than 88% of all back surgeries can be avoided through alternative methods, such as corrective chiropractic care. More importantly, the ineffectiveness of back surgery and the toll it takes on the body, finances, and career can be devastating – especially since patients who go through back surgery are asked to go back time and again for follow-up surgeries.

So does that mean there’s no hope? Actually, there is a life-changing treatment plan that calls for no drugs, no surgeries, and no discomfort; it’s called corrective chiropractic care, through a technique called Chiropractic BioPhysics or CBP.

Chiropractic BioPhysics is the most researched, scientific, and results-oriented corrective care technique. It aims to realign the spine back to health, take pressure off the nerves coming out of the spine, and alleviate any nerve interference to the body. Patients who go through corrective care report an immediate relief from their neck and back pain. Within weeks, they feel their energy, health, and vitality returning to their body.

If you or a loved one is needlessly suffering from back or neck pain, please contact Holt Chiropractic and Massage in Port Orchard Washington, to see if you qualify for corrective chiropractic care.  Of course, consultation is always free.

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The Dangerous Symptom of Spinal Misalignment: Fatigue

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Millions of Americans are living with spinal misalignments – but 9 out of 10 of them aren’t aware how their poor posture is affecting their health.  More concerning is that medical doctors aren’t trained to fully understand the connection between poor posture and health problems, and therefore prescribe pain killers to alleviate and mask symptoms.

Poor posture or spinal misalignments don’t necessarily signal pain as the first and most common symptom.  As a matter of fact, more than half of those suffering with spinal misalignments don’t complain of pain whatsoever.  However, almost everyone complains about fatigue.

Most people who are fatigued or are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chalk up their condition to aging, lack of sleep, long working hours, or malnutrition. They tend to mask their symptoms by drinking more and more caffeinated beverages, eating more sweets, taking more naps in front of the television, or cutting short their family vacation.

Spinal misalignments or poor posture puts unnecessary and constant pressure on the delicate nerves flowing out of your spine and into your vital organs and limbs. This dramatically decreases – and in some instances cuts – vital nerve energy from reaching your body, setting into motion organ dysfunction and disease.

As the name implies, corrective chiropractic care (through a technique called Chiropractic BioPhysics®) aims to realign the spine back to normal health and alleviate pressure from damaging or interfering with the nerves.  Soon after corrective care, most patients report vitality, feeling of wellness, and an end to fatigue.

If you or a loved one is needlessly suffering from fatigue, contact Holt Chiropractic and Massage in Port Orchard Washington, to see if you qualify for corrective care.  Of course, consultation is always free.

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Headaches and Migraines: Chiropractic Can Help

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Each day hundreds of thousands Americans reach for the medicine cabinet or call their medical doctors in hopes of eliminating their headaches and migraines. Unfortunately though, pain medication or similar treatments are short-lived, and in no way address the root cause of the problem.

The root of most headaches can be traced back to two things; dehydration or a misalignment in the neck. Yet, most doctors are quick to pull out their prescription pads and move on to the next patient, without fully addressing the problem at hand.

Misalignments in the spine can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor postural habits (working behind a computer, laying on your side watching television, using an improper pillow at nights, etc.), automobile or workplace accidents, or injuries sustained during sports or lifting heavy groceries.

If left untreated, the misalignment will start to exert constant and dangerous pressure on the delicate nerves in the back or neck, leading to not only pain, but more importantly organ dysfunction and disease.

As the name implies, corrective chiropractic care (through a technique called Chiropractic BioPhysics®) is meant to realign the spine back to normal health and alleviate pressure from damaging or interfering with the nerves.  Soon after corrective care, most patients report vitality, a feeling of wellness, and of course an end to their recurring headaches and migraines.

If you or a loved one is needlessly suffering from headaches or migraines, contact Holt Chiropractic and Massage in Port Orchard Washington, to see if you qualify for corrective care.  Of course, consultation is always free.

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When Can Back Pain Be Dangerous?

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Poor posture is affecting more and more of us everyday, slowly creeping up on our bodies until we are in moderate to severe pain / discomfort. Even more dangerous is the fact that most symptoms of spinal misalignment start way before the pain surfaces.

Headaches, migraines, jaw pain, allergies – even high blood pressure and acid reflux disease  – are just a few common conditions that are directly associated with a misaligned spine.

Why Would Back Pain Affect My Organs?
Your spine is an information superhighway responsible for transmitting vital nerve energy from the brain to every single organ and limb in our bodies.  The smallest misalignment in the spine – whether caused by poor posture, sports injury, or car accident – can shift the spine out of alignment ever so slightly, putting pressure on the delicate and sensitive nerves that run out of it.

Cutting or diminishing nerve energy – especially on those nerves responsible for our organs’ function – will create dysfunction in our bodies, and eventually lead to disease.

How Can Chiropractic BioPhysics Help?
Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is the most scientific and research-based chiropractic technique, with the aim of aligning the spine back to its normal curvature – all without surgery, pain, or drugs.

After a few short visits, Holt Chiropractic and Massage will be able to realign the spine back to health and alleviate dangerous pressure from the nerves, while restoring normal organ function throughout the body.

People who experience corrective care, feel a sense of rejuvenation, energy, and wellness.

To find out if you qualify for our life transforming care, call Holt Chiropractic and Massage today!

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Top 5 Reasons Chiropractic care benefits pregnancy

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The Human body makes many changes during pregnancy in preparation for giving birth.  All of which put stress on parts of the body.  Preparing for a baby is stressful enough so feeling good during pregnancy makes preparing for baby a lot easier.  Chiropractic can help mommy, baby and labor.

#1
Making Room for the baby

If the bones in your pelvis are subluxated, it can put tension on the ligaments that support the uterus.  During pregnancy, the body secretes hormones that help to relax our ligaments.  Without these hormones, the pelvis would not expand enough to allow the birth of the baby and if those ligaments are not relaxed, it can cause a decrease in space in the uterus, as well as, in the pelvis ring. The Importance of Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy is to establish pelvic balance and reduce undue stress to the uterus and supporting ligaments and optimizes the room the baby has for development throughout pregnancy.  With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into correct position for birth. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in an easier and safer delivery for both mom and baby.

#2
headaches/migraines.

Most headaches are caused or aggravated by subluxations in the cervical spine. Fluxes of hormones also contribute to headache occurrence. Women, who suffer from migraines and were taking medication prior to becoming pregnant, often look to Chiropractic for relief, since they can no longer take the medication. Many patients actually find that the adjustments are more effective than the medications.

#3
Mid back

Pain in the mid-back becomes more frequent as the breasts become denser from milk gland production. The heavier they get the worse your posture become.

#4
Low back

When you add the increase in weight, shift in center of gravity, the change in biomechanics (due to the weight–all out in front!) it is no wonder that pregnant women are prone to low back pain.  The degree of pain ranges from barely noticeable to debilitating, with stabbing or shooting pain into the legs and buttocks.

#5
Hips

As the pregnancy progresses, the hips widen, and the pelvis can begin to feel a little uncomfortable.  This makes sitting, standing and walking difficult.  Keeping your hips aligned helps the pregnancy progress normally.

Other benefits of Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy

  • maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • controlling symptoms of nausea
  • reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • prevent a potential cesarean delivery

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Chiropractic care may help.

 

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Whiplash: What is it and What can you do?

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Whiplash. Most commonly associated with car accidents, whiplash can occur in a trip and fall or in attempt to catch your balance, playing on a trampoline, riding a horse, sports activities, or experiencing the thrill of a rollercoaster ride! Whiplash is any damage caused to the neck area when a sudden “whip like” action occurs along the spine. In most cases, injuries are to the soft tissues, such as the disks, muscles, and ligaments.  

Symptoms can include tightness and limited mobility to neck, shoulder tension and/ or arm pain, ear ringing, and headache radiating from base of neck. Severe whiplash can cause whole spine pain, nerve pain, dizziness, confusion, and concussion. Symptoms can occur immediately or most commonly, the next day.

Old school treatments were to immobilze with a neck collar and load up on pain killers and muscle relaxers. While there is a time and place for these measures to ensure more serious injuries are not present and to prevent further damage, new research is finding in most cases, gentle movement and ice as soon as possible is best.  For more severe problems, treatment for the three possible levels of spinal damage – muscle, bone, and nerve is appropriate.

Whiplash can involve up to three levels of spinal damage.  The top level is the muscle level and is the most common injury sustained in a whiplash.  The next level is the bone or spine level.  Bone level injuries occur when the whiplash is bad enough for the spinal bones misalign, which causes arthritis later in life. The deepest level is the nerve level of damage.  At this level, the nerves that carry all communication to and from the organs (28 billion impulses per day) are altered – leading to potential health problems.

Things you can do for muscle level damage:

  1. A series of massages eliminates use of pain killers and muscle relaxers that may cause slow recovery time and set up longer term damage. Massage relaxes muscles, breaks up scar tissue and adhesions, releases toxins, as well as stimulating chemicals within your brain to naturally speed up the physical and mental healing process.
  2. Spinal Rehab. Targeted exercises aide in stabilization of an injured or weak area, protecting ligaments and tendons, while stretching increases flexibility and range of motion to cut down on re-injury.
  3. Hot and cold packs. Talk to your doctor before applying hot or cold packs to an injured area to prevent possible inflammation or irritation.

Things you can do for bone and nerve level damage:

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments. Chiropractic care removes nerve interference by correcting spinal misalignment. This helps prevent arthritis and increase nerve flow, restoring proper organ function.  Most chiropractors are specialists in whiplash injuries.  

Going through a whiplash injury is an unpleasant experience, with potential life changing affects.  Visit www.holtchiropractic.net for more information.

 

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Chiropractic Success Story

Click this link for a story about resolving peripheral neuropathy with chiropractic care.  This story comes from Dr. Kaden in Hermosa Beach, CA.  

 

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